Israel boycott

Fears over who runs Middle East Centre

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

A research group which aims to "strengthen" academic relations with the Middle East is managed by active supporters of the academic boycott.

LSE's Middle East Centre - a multidisciplinary research centre focusing on modern Middle Eastern cultures, societies, economies and international relations - opened in October.

Among its listed aims are strengthening relations between LSE and Middle East universities and increasing LSE's capability to engage with countries in the Middle East.

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LSE 'vote' strikes a blow at the boycotters

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

A motion calling for an academic boycott of Israel has been overwhelmingly rejected at a debate at the London School of Economics (LSE).

The motion, "This house believes in an academic boycott of Israel", was debated on Thursday in front of a packed audience.

Consultant oncologist Professor Daniel Hochhauser argued against the motion and Dr John Chalcraft, Reader in history and politics, argued in favour.

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John Lewis store rounds on Israel boycott campaigners

By Robyn Rosen, January 20, 2011

The department store John Lewis has accused an anti-Israel campaign group of sending "false and misleading" information after it published a triumphant press release linking the company's withdrawal of an Israeli cosmetics brand with the boycott campaign.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) sent an email to its mailing list on Friday claiming John Lewis was "now refusing to stock" Ahava products.

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Macy Gray asks Facebook fans whether to boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

American singer Macy Gray has gone on Facebook to ask her fans whether she should give in to the demands of anti-Israel boycotters.

Ms Gray, who is set to perform two shows in Tel Aviv next month, has been the target of an online campaign to encourage her to cancel the tour.

More than 470 people have responded to a question by the singer, known for the hit “I try” on what she should do.

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Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp not going to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011

The pop-singer partner of Hollywood star Johnny Depp has cancelled a performance in Israel after she was targeted by pro-Palestinian campaigners calling on her to boycott.

French star Vanessa Paradis, who shot to fame as a 14-year-old with the hit “Joe Le Taxi,” was set to sing at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Centre next month and meet President Shimon Peres while in the country.

However Ms Paradis has now said that she cannot play the February 10 show because of a commitment in Los Angeles on the same date relating to her film career.

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John Lewis criticises pro-Palestinian group's Ahava boycott claim

By Robyn Rosen, January 17, 2011

John Lewis has accused an anti-Israel campaign group of sending “false and misleading” information after it published a press release wrongly linking the department store’s withdrawal of an Israeli cosmetics brand with its boycott campaign.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) sent an email to its mailing list on Friday claiming John Lewis was “now refusing to stock” Ahava products.

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Hillel leads battle against US boycotters

By Ellen Tumposky, January 13, 2011

Hillel is fighting back against the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign that is sweeping US campuses.

The student support organisation has set out new guidelines to bar people who back the BDS movement from its campus events. "We will not allow our resources to be used to support the BDS movement," said Jeff Rubin, spokesman for Hillel, which has chapters at more than 500 universities.

The new policy has angered Jewish advocates of BDS activities.

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War on Want pushes for more sanctions

By Jessica Elgot, December 31, 2010

War On Want's newest paper on boycotts and sanctions against Israel has been described as reaching "rock bottom" by community leaders.

The report, "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions" from the anti-poverty charity calls for the Palestinian right of return to Israel. This was called "antisemitic" by the chairman of Zionist Federation Harvey Rose who said it would mean the end of a Jewish homeland.

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Tussles at the tills during Tesco boycott

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2010

Shoppers scuffled at a supermarket checkout after anti-Israel protesters loaded a trolley full of products and refused to pay for them.

Young demonstrators, including children, from the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), filmed themselves choosing Israeli products at Tescos in Barkingside, Essex.

They are seen filling the trolley with dozens of packets of chicken soup powder, melons, pickled cucumbers and herbs. One girl complains that a packet of Israeli Medjool dates are "kosher" and complains there is no alternative.

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Ahava shop demo lead to arrest

By Robyn Rosen, December 29, 2010

An anti-Israel protester was arrested following a demonstration outside the London branch of Israeli cosmetics shop, Ahava.

The 51-year-old man was arrested for allegedly blocking pro-Israel campaigner Richard Millett from filming, but was released without charge.

Mr Millett had been using a hand-held camera to film a Palestine Solidarity Campaign protest outside the Covent Garden shop last Wednesday evening.

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